Messed up browser text

Lenovo Thinkpad edge e520 15.6" black no...
October 11, 2013 at 22:58:40
Specs: Windows Ultimate x64, Intel i7 2.8Ghz / 8 gigs
I've been procrastinating this problem for a while now but ive just have had enough.
I cannot reinstall windows at the moment so that's not an option.
In certain websites I get really weird text that is barely readable.
For example in yahoo mail you can barely read anything but in say google search and other websites the text is fine.

Now I've searched some other forums and all my text settings are correct. Ive tried reinstalling all my fonts. It happens in all my browsers which are Firefox, Chrome and internet explorer. When you set the browser to use only one font it works fine but then all the text on any and every website is displayed with only one font, which i don't want.
Here is a link to a screen shot of my yahoo account with the dodgy text:
http://www.mediafire.com/?uwzcbx6b8...
Here is a link to a screen shot of a plain ol Google search:
http://www.mediafire.com/?pemgc71em...

Help please and thanks for any assistance you can offer!

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#1
October 12, 2013 at 01:28:46
Looks okay to me - must be your Windows installation then.

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#2
October 12, 2013 at 02:25:23
Really!?! Ok?????
The large text looks edgy and the smaller text to the side is really bad!

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#3
October 12, 2013 at 08:24:43
It looks okay overall to me, too, but upon close inspection it seems
rather odd. The negative spaces in the smaller text, especially the
lower-case n and h, are much more filled-in than usual -- too much
so, and maybe more than I've ever seen before -- because it is so
bold. And spacing between some letter combinations is too tight.
A good font shouldn't have those problems. Overall it is still clean
and readable, though.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
October 12, 2013 at 08:28:38
Does changing the size of fonts in Control Panel > Display
do anything useful or interesting?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
October 12, 2013 at 09:32:02
How does it look if you view your first link on another computer?

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#6
October 12, 2013 at 16:50:25
Both pages are identical to me except for the ghosted text "good text" "bad text".

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#7
October 12, 2013 at 17:09:24
Ewen

Yep, me too. That's why I asked if the links look the same when viewed on another computer. I'm wondering if the posters computer is the only one showing this bad text (especially in view of #2). This might give some additional clue to the problem.

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#8
October 12, 2013 at 18:55:27
There are simple monitor tests that can be run. They just
display different colors and patterns so you can see what
is working and what isn't. I believe one is built into my ATI
video board's Catalyst Control Center, for example.

Ewen,

I don't see any "ghosted text" in the images. Where do you
see it? Are you sure it isn't a feature of your image viewing
program, displaying the filenames? The original filenames
are "good_text.PNG" and "Unreadable_text.PNG".

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#9
October 12, 2013 at 20:23:29
I have uploaded a better example of the nasty text there isn't really much small fonts in the spam folder lol:
http://www.mediafire.com/view/6r4fk...

The text is fine when I open up the same site on another computer. My laptop has switchable graphics but this problem only occurred sometime after I upgraded my HDD to an SSD and did a fresh install. so I don't think It could be the graphic card (BTW all drivers are current). Yahoo mail isn't the only site where I get that weird problem although most websites are fine.


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#10
October 12, 2013 at 20:25:52
Quote "Does changing the size of fonts in Control Panel > Display
do anything useful or interesting?"

Unfortunately, It doesn't. Just increases the size of everything.


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#11
October 12, 2013 at 20:28:24
Quote "There are simple monitor tests that can be run. They just
display different colors and patterns so you can see what
is working and what isn't."

I have calibrated my laptop with both windows calibration and the ATI calibration. Didn't really do anything also.


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#12
October 12, 2013 at 20:30:20
Jeff... my apologies, my descriptions were incorrect. The file names are in fact "good_text.PNG" and "Unreadable_text.PNG", they just looked ghosted to me.

Huntsman

Your last example is definitely hard to read!

Regards

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#13
October 12, 2013 at 20:41:27
Quote:
"Quote "Does changing the size of fonts in Control Panel > Display
do anything useful or interesting?"

Unfortunately, It doesn't. Just increases the size of everything."

I just reverted back to small and now the size of my browser menu and text in my tabs have gotten smaller, a lot smaller than i remember seeing them. Either that or i'm losing my mind :P


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#14
October 13, 2013 at 14:46:10
I assume you have seen these oldies:

http://www.favbrowser.com/blurry-te...

http://www.sevenforums.com/browsers...

Is your DirectX up to date?
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/...

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#15
October 14, 2013 at 02:06:27
Derek - Yes I've seen those posts and there no help. :(
I checked my direct X and I have 11 installed.

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#16
October 14, 2013 at 17:05:57
Sorry, can't image what it is that only affects certain websites on three browsers.
Never run into this before. Assuming you haven't a display driver issue I can only imagine it is tied up with the linking (or not) to the natural font embedded on those pages.

Half baked final suggestion - make sure your Java is up to date.

Whatever, it didn't seem right to just walk away from this thread without saying. Hope someone else has some bright ideas.

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#17
October 15, 2013 at 04:35:44
Thanks Derek I appreciate your effort! Unfortunately for me java turn out to be up to date.

However, this might mean something to someone. In firefox if I go tools>options>content>advanced and untick "allow websites to choose their own fonts instead of my selection" or something along those lines. The text is substituted and it all looks fine but then all text in every page then uses exactly the same font.


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#18
October 15, 2013 at 05:22:51
I could view the two screenshots linked in your first post, but not
the third screenshot. I just got a big dark gray area on the page.

Is it just one font that doesn't work? Is it the same very bold font
used in the first screenshot?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#19
October 15, 2013 at 06:53:29
Jeff

I had the same trouble with IE desktop but it was OK in Firefox. I'm on Win 8 and found it also displays using the IE from the Startup menu.

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#20
October 15, 2013 at 08:51:26
Firefox worked. An old version, on an old version of Ubuntu.

It looks like it's just a poorly-designed font. If that is the only
website and the only font that causes the problem, then you
might be able to fix it by selecting a new font or a new theme
or a new skin from Yahoo's selection of fonts, themes, and/or
skins, which may or may not exist... Ask some Yahoo!

If they don't have a selection of fonts, themes, or skins, they
might still have a way to increase the font size which could
give a much better result than increasing it with the browser
or with the Windows font size control.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#21
October 15, 2013 at 08:57:38
I only looked at the first of the three links in Derek's reply #14, but
the first sure sounds like your problem. I didn't understand what it's
about, though, so I can't help you with it. But I think it might be worth
another try.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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